Dental Implants

If you’re missing teeth, gaps in your smile can affect your self-image, not to mention lead to oral health issues like the shifting of surrounding teeth. At Armstrong Dental Studio in Upper East Side Manhattan, New York City, Dr. Omar Armstrong provides oral surgery for dental implants, a viable solution to replace missing teeth. Implants in your jawbone support prosthetic teeth that resemble your natural teeth, offering more long-term durability and stability. To find out if dental implants are right for you, call or use the online booking tool and schedule a consultation today.

What are dental implants?

Dental implants are small metal posts Dr. Armstrong surgically inserts into your jawbone, underneath your gums. They function as a stable support system for prosthetic teeth. If you’re missing a single tooth or several teeth, dental implants can be a good solution to fill the gaps in your smile. Implant-supported prosthetics are the next best thing to your natural teeth. With implants, your replacement teeth have more support and aren’t as likely to slide around. Normal functions, such as chewing, speaking, and digestion, are much easier with implants. They also help you retain your face shape and prevent missing teeth from causing surrounding structures to shift, which can lead to oral health problems like gum disease and crowding.

How does a dental implant procedure work?

First, Dr. Armstrong uses 3D digital scanning technology to evaluate the treatment area. He also makes sure your jawbone is strong enough to support an implant. If your jawbone is too thin or weak, he can graft on bone-like material to strengthen it. If you undergo that procedure, you need to let your jawbone heal and let new, strong bone grow before getting an implant. At Dental Armstrong Studio, Dr. Armstrong also provides “teeth in a day,” or provisional same-day implants. These temporary implants can support provisional prosthetic teeth so you can walk out after one appointment with a new, gleaming smile. Dr. Armstrong can place your permanent implant and prostheses at a later appointment. Dr. Armstrong uses a tiny drill to insert your permanent implant directly into your jawbone, and he uses a local anesthetic to make the procedure painless. Your implant needs time, usually a few months, to fuse to your jawbone before it can support a prosthetic tooth.

How long do dental implants last?

With proper care and management, your dental implants should last a lifetime. Be sure to maintain good oral hygiene by brushing and flossing regularly, keep up with your regular dental appointments and cleanings, and eat a balanced diet. However, as you age, your mouth changes, so you may need to come in for some minor adjustments periodically. If you’re interested in getting dental implants to replace missing teeth, call or use the online booking tool and schedule a consultation.

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